Elections and the Internet

Interesting article on MSNBC.com explores the use of blogging, Web videos and other technology. It starts off with a great synopsis or Romney’s response to the You Tube video of a couple weeks ago.

It seems this election cycle will the first that is largely won on the web.

MMM Needs Your Help!


The moment has come. Mitt’s Camapaign is jumping up in the polls and taking off. MMM has the goal to provide the best cutting edge technology with great content so we can strongly influence the NetRoots community. One of the keys to a successfull Romney campaign is online support- it’s free to give, and anyone can do it if you have a computer and an internet connection.

MMM has need of more team members. We are already a strong team with big goals, but are looking for more people to join in and help. Here are some of the areas we can use help in:

1. General Blogging
2. Tech Team (Web design, logo making, artwork, etc.)
3. MittBase (online Romney Data Base)
4. PodCasting
5. Live Blogging Romney events
6. College CR outreach
7. Mitt Academy
8. Any other innovative ideas you might have

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The Death of the Mass Audience

Hugh Hewitt had an interesting article the other day about the death of the mass audience. In truth, the article was a sharp criticism of the Bush administration and their inability to promote and sustain the confidence in the war. To wit:

Explaining why it is necessary to “surge” and why the sacrifice of American lives is not just noble, but necessary, requires a daily engagement by the Administration’s best communicators, and across the entire media spectrum. The center-right doesn’t much care what is said on Russert’s Sunday coffee clatch, and there is a good argument that independents don’t either. There is no mass audience anywhere, and no single appearance on a single show will do.

The death of the “mass audience” is an interesting notion. Essentially, it comes down to this, to affect political change you need to tackle communications across the spectrum of print, radio, TV, blog, websites, podcasts and other mediums.

To master this you need to be both comprehensive and nimble.

Any viable candidate for the 2008 presidential election will have to demonstrate that they can do this.

Here’s a quick chart that I use with some of my clients to help them understand now change is affected (click to enlarge).

I’ll have more on this later.

Governor Mitt Romney’s Trip to Israel

Boston, MA – On the evening of Saturday, January 20, Governor Mitt Romney will travel to Israel on a trip sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC). On Tuesday, January 23, Governor Romney will deliver public remarks at the Seventh Annual Herzliya Conference. Governor Romney will return to the United States on Thursday, January 25.

Public Event:
Governor Romney delivers remarks at the Seventh Annual Herzliya Conference.

Tuesday, January 23
3:15 p.m. (Local Time) Herzliya, Israel

“Since its inception, the Herzliya Conference has become a leading and world-renowned summit of Israeli and international leaders for the discussion of Israel’s national security. Participants at the Conference include: government officials, Knesset members and ministers, defense officials, business leaders, senior academics, media, representatives of leading Jewish organizations, and dignitaries from abroad.”

Private Meetings During The Governor’s Trip Will Include:

  • Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
  • Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres
  • Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
  • Mr. Meir Dagan, Director of the Mossad
  • Avi Dichter, Minister of Public Security
  • Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak
  • Natan Sharansky
  • Former Prime Minister and former Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Dr. Salam Fayyad, former Palestinian Finance Minister

Private Visits Include:

  • Helicopter tour of Israel’s Northern and Southern borders and Security Fence
  • Tour of surveillance and security measures at Ben-Gurion Airpor
  • Tour of Yad Vashem
  • Tour of the Old City

“Governor Mitt Romney Announces Representative Tom Feeney’s Support” . . . Romney shaping up to be true choice for fiscal conservativism

Press Release from Romney’s Website:

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Representative Tom Feeney’s Support
Friday, Jan 19, 2007

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that U.S. Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL) will serve as a key liaison to fiscal conservatives and organizations promoting fiscal responsibility in Washington.

“I am pleased to have the support of Representative Feeney. He has been a powerful watchdog for fiscal responsibility in our nation’s capital. I look forward to working with him as we strive to restore basic fiscal conservative values, curb runaway spending, and protect taxpayers’ money,” said Governor Romney.

With Governor Romney’s announcement, Representative Feeney said, “I am proud to be part of Governor Romney’s team. With his record of fighting for lower taxes and balanced budgets, Governor Romney is the right kind of leader to bring fiscal sanity back to Washington. Governor Romney will be a strong fiscal steward of the American people’s tax money.”

Background On Representative Tom Feeney:

Representative Tom Feeney Has Been A Leader For Reform And A Watchdog For Fiscal Responsibility. Elected in 2002 to the U.S. House of Representatives, Feeney represents the people of Florida’s 24th Congressional District in Central Florida encompassing areas of Brevard, Orange, Seminole and Volusia Counties. He previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and was Governor Jeb Bush’s running mate in his first race for governor in 1994.

In Congress, Feeney sits on the powerful Financial Services and Judiciary Committees. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus in the U.S. House representing 100 conservative members, and is the Chairman of the House Conservatives Fund which helps elect true Reagan conservatives to the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, Feeney co-founded the Washington Waste Watchers, a working group formed to combat waste and fraud in the federal government.

Feeney has a “rockin” 97% rating from The Club for Growth which puts him near the top 10 most fiscally conservative Reps in congress.

Also, for all the press McCain gets for being a “fiscal watchdog” he got just a 76% rating . . . placing him in the bottom half of GOP Senators (whereas Romney backer Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina had a 100% rating!)

It’s truly looking like the real fiscal conservatives are lining up with Romney! If he could keep the Mass legislature from overspending and deliver balanced budgets year after year then he has a leg up on EVERY other candidate on either side in this respect.

P.S. The Club for Growth has a survey (directed at members) where the last few questions deal with 2008 GOP POTUS candidates.